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Biggest questions Eagles need to answer this week

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 25, 2019 - 5:30 am

ARIZONA — The NFL Owners Meetings are taking place this week in sunny Arizona, and as they do each year, Doug Pederson, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie will all speak to the media before the event comes to an end on Wednesday. 

Although there isn’t the drama surrounding the team as has usually been the case in past years, there is still plenty of questions for the trio to answer this week. 

Here are some of the biggest:

Carson Wentz’s health: Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and his injured back haven’t played football since his team’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys last December, raising the question — when will Wentz be ready? The Eagles have plenty of time until training camp begins at the end of July, but plenty was made of the fact that Wentz missed almost his entire offseason last year as he recovered from his torn ACL. His back injury is not believed to be as serious, but how soon Wentz will be back on the field working with is new teammates could end up playing a big role in just how successful his 2019 season is. 

Faith in Wentz: The biggest question owner Jeffrey Lurie needs to answer is just how much faith he still has in Wentz. Lurie has heaped praise on Wentz over the years, saying in past years how many people congratulate him during the meetings for having a player of Wentz’s caliber. Coming off of his second straight second-ending injury, however, how Lurie talks about Wentz will be telling. Will he mention the injuries? Will he speak about Wentz with the same enthusiasm? Lurie has some tough questions to answer about his franchise quarterback. 

Jordan Mailata: Fans certainly love to talk about the former Rugby player, but the Eagles have said very little publicly about the backup offensive tackle since training camp last year. Jason Peters will be back, but that hasn’t stopped the talk about when Mailata will be ready, and just how high his ceiling is. Hearing Pederson talk about Mailata, and how far away he might be, could go a long way in how the position is viewed heading into training camp — especially when it comes to Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s roster spot.  

Michael Bennett: One of the more mysterious decisions that Roseman made this offseason is trading his best defensive end from last season, Michael Bennett, for a fifth-round pick — an incredibly small return for a player of Bennett’s caliber. It will be interesting to hear what Roseman has to say about the decision, and if he brings up money as a motivating factor. 

Emotional Decisions: This offseason the Eagles re-signed Brandon Graham, traded for DeSean Jackson, brought back Vinny Curry and decided to give Jason Peters one more year. Individually the decisions all make sense, but when combined, they certainly paint the picture of a general manager that has a soft spot for his players he had a role in bringing to the team. Roseman has said in the past that he wants to use emotion at times when making personnel decisions, but it is fair to question if he went overboard this offseason. 

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